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Laura Randall, Program Director

The inspiration of mentors, teachers, and coaches supported Laura in her path toward engineering.  Within her role at nConnect she hopes to encourage a connected community that will support and inspire students so they may also find their passion and realize their potential. Laura came to her role at nConnect after moving to Portland, OR and deciding to take a break from her role as a full-time engineer. This allowed her to spend focused time with her two boys and find ways to give back to her community.

Prior to nConnect, Laura was a Senior Design Engineer at Qualcomm in Boulder, CO. While at Qualcomm she designed integrated circuits for mobile device applications. Before arriving at Qualcomm, she designed integrated circuits for computing applications at Agilent Technologies in Fort Collins, CO as an ASIC Design Engineer. She holds three patents and is a high honors graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Laura enjoys spending time reading, running, exploring with her two young boys, and challenging herself in CrossFit. She is actively involved in volunteer opportunities in the community including her role on the Opal School Advisory Council, and as Chief Executive Manager of Opal Family Ventures LLC.  



Matthew Goosen, Program Coordinator

Matthew became acquainted with the nConnect program as a volunteer while working for Job Corps, where he helped young adults develop and practice career readiness skills. He previously served as a skills coach and mentor for at-risk and dual-diagnosis youth at a residential treatment center outside of Portland.

Matthew earned his Bachelor’s from Portland State University in 2012 and is currently working on his Master’s in Administrative Leadership through the University of Oklahoma.  His main areas of study are organizational development and training, and he hopes to continue graduate work in those fields following the completion of his current studies.  He graduated from Skyview High School in 2005 and is looking forward to serving the schools and community that fostered his education and helped him succeed.

In his spare time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, five cats, and a chihuahua who thinks he is also a cat.  Matthew can often be found singing karaoke or playing urban golf on weekends in which he is not inundated with reading and research. 


Max Koenig, AmeriCorps Volunteer

After spending most of his life among the redwoods of Northern California, Max moved to Portland in 2011 to attend Reed College. There he split his time between classwork, studying soybean genomes in a genetics lab and teaching science in elementary school classrooms.

Shortly after graduating with a BA in biology, Max joined AmeriCorps and is proud to be serving with nConnect. He cannot wait to share his passion for science with the students of Vancouver, and hopes to open their eyes to the incredible world that is all things STEM.

When not working, Max enjoys running, hiking in the gorge, and reading sci-fi novels.



Lucas Boswell, AmeriCorps Volunteer

Lucas Boswell was raised in the Pacific Northwest and recently graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Communication Studies. His main area of focus in the program was the societal ramifications of Mass Media and Gender representation. In 2015, he presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 

In the last few years, Lucas has had the privilege of volunteering with a retirement home in Cheney, Washington and tutored with the A.V.I.D. tutor program. In his free time, he enjoys watching cinema and producing media awareness content.  

Lucas plans on getting his Masters of Education in order to become a middle school Math teacher. He is excited about working with the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts and promoting STEM careers to students. 



Laura Randall, Program Director
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